Research Intern

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UNESCWA - Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

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Application deadline 28 days ago: Tuesday 26 Mar 2024 at 03:59 UTC

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Expected duration

2 Months

Duties and Responsibilities

In 2024, the Governance and Planning sections at Clusters 3 and 6 is set to engage in various activities, facing tight deadlines, particularly in the initial months. Key events include the review of the 10th 5-year National Development Plan, the launch of the First Arab Consumer Protection Forum, and the commencement of preparations for the 5th Annual Arab Competition Forum. Additionally, the section will undertake updates for its portals, namely, the Arab National Development Planning (ANDP) portal and the Arab Legislation Portal (ALP). Furthermore, efforts will be focused on finalizing the recent report for the Arab Business Leaders Forum (ABLF) and its corresponding portal. The section is seeking intern support for the comprehensive preparation of substantive and training materials related to these outputs.

The duration of a United Nations internship is for a minimum of two months on a full-time basis - this may be exceptionally extended for a maximum period of six months.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Researches, extracts and compiles basic information and technical data on specific topics, particularly those related to the Oman XB project.
  • Collects, selects, analyzes and compiling materials from multiple sources, e.g., relevant databases, the library and the Internet.
  • Assembles original statistical material; adjusts reported data from different sources and load data into computerized database system.
  • Assists in the evaluation and examination of data sets and information for accuracy, clarity and validity.
  • Prepares a variety of reports, presentations, tables, lists, graphs, charts and/or diagrams related to the Oman project, the Arab Consumer Protection Forum, or as requested.
  • Assists in the maintenance of relevant computerized databases and portals, including the Arab National Development Planning (ANDP) portal and the Arab Legislation portal (ALP).
  • Participate in the substantive and policy discussions of the team.

Qualifications/special skills

To qualify for an internship with the United Nations Internship Programme, the following conditions must be met:

  1. Applicants must: (a) be enrolled in a graduate school programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); (b) be enrolled in the final academic year of a first university degree programme (minimum bachelor's level or equivalent); or (c) have graduated with a university degree (as defined above);

  2. Applicants must: (a) be computer literate in standard software applications. (b) have a demonstrated keen interest in the work of the United Nations and have a personal commitment to the ideals of the UN Charter; and (c) have a demonstrated ability to successfully interact with individuals of different cultural backgrounds and beliefs, which include willingness to try and understand and be tolerant of differing opinions and views. No working experience is required to apply for the United Nations Internship Programme. Knowledge in extracting data and using statistical tools is desirable. Knowledge in performing research is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat; and Arabic is a working language of ESCWA.

For this position, fluency in English and Arabic is required.

Note: “Fluency” equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and “Knowledge of” equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.

Additional Information

A completed online application must include, beside the mandatory Personal History Profile, a Cover Note mentioning the following:

• Degree Programme (what are you currently studying?). • Graduation Date (when will you graduate or when did you graduate from the programme?). • List of the IT skills and programmes that you are proficient in. • List of your top three areas of interest. • Explanation of why you are the best candidate for this specific internship. • Explanation of your interest in the United Nations Internship Programme. In your online Personal History Profile, be sure to include all past work experiences, IT skills, and three references.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

The United Nations accepts no responsibility for the medical insurance of the intern or costs arising from injury, illness or death that may occur during an internship. Therefore, upon awarding an internship, candidates will be required to sign a statement confirming their understanding and acceptance of the conditions of service. Applicants for internship must show proof of valid medical insurance coverage to cover the full period of the internship at the duty station and provide a medical certificate of good health prior to the commencement of the internship. The United Nations accepts no responsibility for loss or damage to personal effects that may occur during the internship.

This position allows for flexible working arrangements, contingent upon written agreement by the receiving entity. Interns under these arrangements must commit to an equivalent of at least two months full-time work and complete their internship within six months.

No Fee


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